The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack includes music by Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison and Gil Scott-Heron. This info article contains spoilers and song details for Alan Taylor’s 2021 prequel movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Soundtracks of Cinema section for more music guides.
Set during the late 60s and early 70s, The Many Saints of Newark explores friction between the DiMeo crime family and a Black associate. The Sopranos’ prequel movie informs audiences about Tony Soprano’s younger years and the events that inspired him to become a New Jersey mobster. Much like the original HBO series, the 2021 film incorporates a steady amount of mainstream music throughout the narrative. Here’s a breakdown of every featured song in The Many Saints of Newark.
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The Many Saints of Newark Soundtrack: Every Song in the 2021 Movie
- “The Jam” by Graham Central Station (00:06:00): Harold (Leslie Odom Jr.) chases after a robber named Leon Overall (Mason Bleu). The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song briefly plays.
- “The Ballad of the Green Berets” by Barry Sadler (00:00:00): Harold beats Leon. Dickie (Alessandro Nivola) pulls up in his car and turns off the radio.
- “Danger Heartbreak Ahead” by The Marvelettes (00:07:00): Harold works on a vehicle outside his home. Inside, Isola (Patina Miller) says that her son Landers (De’Jon Watts) wants to be like Hank Aaron. The song plays lightly in the background.
- “Nel Blu Dipinto Del Blu” by Francesco Migliacci and Domenico Modugno (00:08:00): The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song scores an outdoor dinner sequence. The music fades when Johnny (Jon Bernthal) delivers a speech.
- “Ferry Boat Serenade” by Harold Adamson, Eldo DiLazzaro and Mario Panzeri (00:09:00): Johnny finishes a speech at Janice’s confirmation party. A band performs as Dickie congratulates his boss.
- “Core ‘Ngrato” by Domenico Carolli and Alessandro Sisca (00:11:00): Young Janice (Mattea Conforti) receives a gift. The confirmation band plays the traditional Italian song.
- “Somethin’ Stupid” by Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra (00:12:00): Frank Sinatra speaks on the radio. Satriale’s appears for the first time as The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song plays. Silvio (John Magaro) counts money, and Hollywood Dick (Ray Liotta) recalls an experience with Sinatra.
- “Fingertips, Part 2” by Stevie Wonder (00:15:00): Harold looks for Leon Overall. The music cuts when the Saints leader meets with an Army recruiter.
- “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” by The Casinos (00:18:00): Dickie drives during a night scene. An angry street crowd drowns out the music. Dickie learns that two police officers roughed up a Black man. The lyric “Then you can tell me goodbye” plays as Nivola’s character realizes that he’s not wanted in the neighborhood.
- “Ain’t That a Kick in the Dead” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn (00:20:00): The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song can be heard briefly in a bar sequence. It cuts when the MC introduces the host “Gentleman Dick Moltisanti.”
- “Your Soul and Mine” by Gil Scott-Heron (00:24:00): Black people loot their Newark neighborhood. Harold watches in despair. Gil Scott-Heron’s spoken work track teases even more mayhem.
- “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” by Scott McKenzie (00:34:00): Pussy (Samson Moeakiola) and Paulie (Billy Magnussen) check out the neighborhood damage. “Walnuts” breaks a glass window.
- “Forty Five Colt Beer” by Dolores Claman and Jerry Toth (00:37:00): Dickie breaks a TV at his father’s funeral. He lashes out at his friends while young Tony (William Ludwig) watches. The song briefly plays before Dickie’s TV smash.
- “Sway” by The Rolling Stones (00:50:00): Young Tony and Artie Bucco (Matteo Russo) talk about their goals on a bus. They discuss working for Dickie one day. Tony smokes a cigarette outside Holsten’s — the setting of the last scene in The Sopranos. The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song fades as Christopher (Michael Imperioli) narrates about the end of the 60s.
- “I Am… I Said” by Neil Diamond (00:52:00): Johnny gets out of prison. He drives around with Junior (Corey Stoll) and gets and angry about Black people moving into the neighborhood.
- “Wake Up, N****s” by CJ Fly, Dessy Hinds and Ayodele Olatunji (00:56:00): Harold attends a spoken world performance. Various Black Panthers leave Central Unity Tabernacle. Harold plans to take on the Italians with the help of Frank Lucas (Oberon K.A. Adjepong).
- “There Was a Time” by James Brown & The Famous Flames (00:59:00): Harold works on a vehicle. He gets upset upon spotting Dickie.
- “Anyone Who Had a Heart” by Dionne Warwick (01:01:00): Giuseppina (Michela De Rossi) pursues a new job opportunity. She wonders where Dionne Warwick gets her hair done.
- “Don’t Take Me Over” by Dionne Warwick (01:03:00): Giuseppina cooks for Dickie at home. They argue about buying a beauty parlor. The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song continues as Giuseppina speaks in Italian and leaves the room.
- “Mister Softee Jingle” by Mister Softee Inc. (01:06:00): Tony and his friends steal a Mister Softee truck. The jingle music plays during the robbery.
- “Living in the U.S.A.” by Steve Miller Band (01:06:00): Tony and his friends drive away in a Mister Softee truck. They arrive at a playground and offer free ice cream.
- “Purple” by Shuggie Otis (01:08:00): Harold and Giuseppina have sex. They discuss Italian culture.
- “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott-Heron (01:10:00): Harold discusses business with Giuseppina. The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song scores an exterior sequence.
- “ABC” by Jackson 5 (01:11:00): The 70s classic plays during a store scene. It’s intercut with the previous song. Harold tells the clerk that Blacks are now taking the Italians’ protection money.
- “Mother’s Little Helper” by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (01:24:00): Tony urges his mother to take medicine. He sings The Rolling Stones’ song and inadvertently starts an argument. Tony states that he’s always being accused of something.
- “Bye Bye Blackbird” by Wayne Newton (01:28:00): Johnny secures Frank Sinatra Jr. tickets for Dickie. The song plays briefly during a scene outside Vulcan Vending.
- “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by The Delfonics (01:28:00): Tony speaks with Paulie. The Delfonics perform live on television. The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song fades as Dickie shows Tony boxes of JBLs.
- “Astral Weeks” by Van Morrison (01:33:00): Dickie and Giuseppina drive along the coast. They have a sex on a bathroom sink. The lyric “to be born again” aligns with Giuseppina’s happiness and Dickie’s beauty parlor business offer.
- “Never in My Life” by Mountain (01:39:00): Dickie drown Giuseppina after learning that she had sex with Harold. Tony listens to music in his room.
- “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Worcester Cathedral Choir, Raymond Johnston, Conducted by Donald Hunt (01:40:00): The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song plays as Dickie visits Sally (Ray Liotta) in prison. He says that Giuseppina died of pneumonia. Sally implies that Dickie’s good deeds may not make up for the bad ones.
- “A Marshmallow World” by Darlene Love (01:42:00): Carmine (Nick Vallelonga) looks for a Christmas tree. He spots Harold nearby.
- “When Will I Be Loved” by The Everly Brothers (01:44:00): Silvio, Paulie and Pussy receive a delivery at Vulcan Vending. Tony arrives and looks for Dickie. Silvio says that Harold has been found.
- “You” by The Aquatones (01:46:00): Tony knocks at Vulcan Vending. Dickie tells Silvio to turn the lights off.
- “Whatever Happened to Christmas?” by Frank Sinatra (01:52:00): Tony waits for Dickie at Holsten’s. The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack song plays over a funeral sequence. Livia (Vera Farmiga) learns that Dickie had a couple bottles of Elavil in his pocket at the time of his death (they were meant for her).
- “Woke Up This Morning (Detroit Mix/Chosen One Mix)” by A3 (01:54:00): Teenage Janice (Alexandra Intrator) says that Dickie was her favorite uncle. Tony links fingers with the corpse. The Sopranos’ theme song plays as Christopher’s narration closes out the movie.
- “Calling All Angels” by Jane Siberry with K.D. Lang (01:56:00): The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack music scores the credits sequence.
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The Many Saints of Newark soundtrack also includes:
- “Stardust” by Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
- “Come On Over” by Steve Clayton
- “Madama Butterfly: Act II, Un Bel Di Vedremo” by Miriam Gauci
- “Alabama” by John Coltrane
- “Tangerine” from The Fleet’s In by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
- “Knock Three Times” by Tony Orlando & Dawn
- “Heavy Is My Heart Without You, Oh Brother” by Peter Nashel
- “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” by George Chet Forrest and Robert Wright
- “Twin Soliloquies” from South Pacific by Original Broadway Cast and Orchestra of South Pacific
- “Gangsters” from Key Largo by Max Steiner
- “Love Dreams” by Jimmy Spellman
- “Heruvimskaya pesn (Cherubic Hymn)” by Latvian Radio Choir, Conducted by Sigvards
- “You Better Believe It” by Donny B. Waugh
- “May the Circle Remain Unbroken” by The 13th Floor Elevators
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Categories: 2020s, Crime, Drama, Soundtracks of Cinema